US reminds Hungary of importance of supporting Ukraine

During a meeting with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noted the importance of supporting Ukraine's engagement with NATO against the backdrop of Russian aggression.

"The Secretary…emphasized the urgent need to help Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression, including the importance of facilitating and supporting Ukraine’s engagement with NATO, and the need to counter Russian malign influence in Central Europe," stated the State Department website readout, which was published on May 30.

The day prior, Hungary agreed to negotiations regarding the Ukrainian Law on Education.

On April 23, Hungary blocked a meeting of the Ukraine-NATO commission at the level of Foreign Ministers for the third time, thereby expressing its grievances with the language clause of the Ukrainian Law on Education. In October of last year, Budapest vetoed the convocation of a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission scheduled for December 6. On March 20, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto announced his intention to block the participation of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in a NATO summit to be held in Brussels in July. Poroshenko replied that he would not cancel the trip.

  Hungary, law on education, NATO, Ukraine, USA